Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Goldsworthy furniture will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain the quality of your textiles, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here. The instructions for the care and maintenance of Goldsworthy Products are provided to you as a service; no warranty is implied since results may vary.

 

Fabric

For normal cleaning, vacuum cloth as needed, using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

To spot-clean fabric, immediately soak up the stain with a soft absorbent cloth. Do not dry the stain completely or it may set. The longer a stain is allowed to remain on the fabric, the more difficult it is to remove.

For water-based stains, such as coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, or milk, use a water-based cleaner (specifically made for cleaning fabric) or a solution of mild (alkaline) warm soapy water (not overly soapy) applied with a damp clean cloth or sponge. Work the cleaner into a lather or foam. Never use hot water; it will set the stain. Avoid scrubbing.

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, or salad dressing use a dry cleaning solution applied with a damp clean cloth or sponge. Test the cleaning solution on a small, concealed area first. If there is no spotting, ringing, or damage to the fabric or its dyes, apply the cleaning solution to the soiled area with light, quick strokes. Begin at the outside of the stain and work toward the center, being careful not to over-saturate the fabric. 

Excessive wetting of the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage to the material. Do not rub too vigorously or you may damage the nap of the fabric or break fibers. Several light applications are better than one heavy application.

Soak up all remaining solution and then use a clean cloth or sponge dipped in cool water to remove any residue. Let fabric dry thoroughly and then vacuum well before using. If the stain resists cleaning, call a professional cleaning firm.

 

Leather 

For normal cleaning, vacuum or dust frequently with a clean, dry cloth. If leather is soiled, it can be wiped with a damp soft cloth and a lather of any mild soap and a minimum amount of lukewarm water. Do not spot clean leather; clean the entire surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

For spots and spills, wipe excess liquid immediately with a clean cloth or sponge; let the leather air dry.

For stubborn spots and stains, apply a mild, nonabrasive soap solution with a clean, wet sponge. Rinse well and let air dry. For butter, oil, or grease, wipe the leather with a clean, dry cloth and let the remainder of the oil dissipate into the leather. Do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot.

Do not use saddle soap, cleaning solvents, oils, furniture polishes, varnishes, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia on leather; they will ruin the finish, causing it to become sticky and cracked.Routine Maintenance

Wood is very durable, but it requires a little attention. Routine maintenance is simply regular dusting with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month, clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

On waxed surfaces, apply a good quality emulsion wax with a soft cloth twice a year. Emulsion wax is clear and prevents fingerprints. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners, polishes, waxes, abrasive cleansers, or oily polishes.

 

Veneer

For normal cleaning, dust furniture daily with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain.

Once a month, clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fin- gerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

For minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches, rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher. 

Stains

To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions:

• Use coasters for glasses and mugs.

• If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads.

• Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tigh container or in a drip tray.

• Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long.

• Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical  compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy household or office equipment, so we recommend a protective surface is placed underneath. Also, objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. 

Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery.

Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done.

Hot items of any kind should not be placed directly onto the veneer surface.

Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their tables so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time.

In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. We suggest maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

PLEASE NOTE: Before specifying veneer for furniture, determine the kind of use it will receive. If the veneer is going to receive a lot of heavy use and damage to veneer is likely, it may be best to use laminate instead.

 

Laminate surfaces

Routine Maintenance
For general care and maintenance, most spills or marks simply wipe away with a damp cloth or use an all purpose spray & wipe cleaner. Rubbing gently with a clean, dry cloth brings back the brightness of laminates. Occasionally clean with mild dishwashing detergent. To remove heavy build-up of dirt use cleaners such as Mr Muscle, Windex or Ajax Spray & Wipe spray cleaners.

 

General Care – Information
Avoid scourers and abrasives as they will damage the surface.
Don’t place hot objects, electrical appliances or pots straight from the oven or cooker onto your laminate surface.
Don’t cut on the laminate surface.
Do not use strongly acidic, alkaline cleaners or bleach for normal cleaning as these might etch the surface.


General Care – Streaks
Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. An all-purpose spray & wipe cleaner or glass cleaner usually removes them.

 

General Care – Grease
Using a mild dishwashing detergent in water will remove greasy marks. Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish with an all-purpose spray & wipe cleaner.

 

General Care – Spills
Compact laminate surfaces resist staining from most household chemicals. With some accidental spills however, prompt action is essential. Wipe off beetroot, grape and berry juices, first aid preparations, concentrated bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, artificial dyes, hair colouring and solvent based pen ink immediately. Specialty glues such as Super Glue must also be removed straight away with acetone (nail polish remover).

 

General Care – Stains
If the stain won’t budge with all purpose cleaners, try methylated spirits or dab the stain with a diluted bleach mixture (1 part bleach to 8 parts water); leave for 3 minutes then wash off with water and dry. Finish off with a spray & wipe. Only as a last resort if a stain persists try 2 or 3 rubs with a crème cleanser or white

toothpaste, wash and dry. Please note that bleach or these abrasive cleaners may irreversibly damage the laminate surface.

 

General Care – Scratches
Compact laminate surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching or cutting with utensils, knives and unglazed pottery. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours. In general, dark colours and high gloss surfaces require more care and maintenance than lighter colours or lower gloss colours. To minimise scratching, always place and lift objects from the surface – never drag or slide them across the surface.

 

General Care - Tabletop edges
The black core can be enhanced by the application of Tung or Linseed oil.

 

Powdercoated metals

For normal cleaning, wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry.

Remove scuff marks from coatings by rubbing with a soft cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol.

Polished Aluminum

For normal cleaning, apply a pre-softened paste wax to polished aluminum components following the manufacturer’s instructions. In humid atmospheres near salt water, apply the wax once a month. In other areas, apply wax every three months to maintain the appearance of the aluminum.

 

Polished Stainless steel 

For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the polished chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.